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An American Hippie In Israel (Limited Edition/Blu-ray/DVD Combo-3 Disc Set) (1972)

Asher Tzarfati , Shmuel Wolf , Amos Sefer  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Asher Tzarfati, Shmuel Wolf, Lilli Avidan, Tsilla Karny
  • Directors: Amos Sefer
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Limited Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hebrew
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Grindhouse Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,268 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the highly-anticipated release of one of cult cinema's legendary lost classics. Machine gun wielding mimes, robots, blood thirsty sharks, free loving debauchery and poignant anti-war monologues by raving mad hippies, all this and more is present in writer-director-prophet Amos Sefer's allegorical independent film, AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL. Far out!

Bonus Features:
  • Deluxe Dual Layer Blu-ray Edition + DVD Combo + Bonus DVD
  • Spectacular New Hi-Definition Digital Restoration Of The Original U.S. Theatrical Version
  • PLUS - THE HITCHHIKER, The Uncensored Director's Cut
  • Six Controversial Scenes Deleted From The Original Release
  • In-depth Interviews With Stars Asher Tzarfati And Shmuel Wolf
  • Asher Tzarfati - An Israeli Actor In Israel - Bonus Featurette
  • Interview With Production Manager Moshe Berman
  • Interview With Singer/Co-Star Susan Devore
  • Channel 10 Tel Avi News Segment
  • A Cult Is Born - Featurette On Revival In Tel Aviv
  • 16mm Screen Tests
  • Be Careful Children - Amos Sefer 16mm Short Film
  • Bonus 5.1 Audio Track - The Beverly Cinema Experience
  • Liner Notes By Acclaimed Horror Novelist John Skipp
  • Still Galleries, Trailer, Filmographies
  • Optional Hebrew Sub-Titles
  • Grindhouse Releasing Prevues Of Coming Attractions

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grindhouse Releasing, releases yet another timeless GEM November 6, 2013
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With this one I really just want to say two things;

1. Watch the trailer on You Tube or Grindhouse Releasing's website

2. Buy the damn film while you can. There are only 2000 of these bad boys.

That should conclude my review but it won't. Because that would be getting off the hook too easy.

An American Hippie in Israel is a long lost film from an age of cinema long forgotten. An age where anyone with passion and a few bucks could make something out of nothing. While it may, at first, seem like a stretch to compare An American Hippie in Israel to the likes of THX 1138, American Graffiti, Schlock, A Kentucky Fried Movie and Dementia 13…These films were all made by a pool of auteurs who all had a passion to create something different, with limited resources. I know I am comparing Amos Sefer, who really only made this one film, to George Lucas, John Landis and Francis Ford Copolla, who have had thriving careers. Amos Sefer had the misfortune of making an Israeli movie in a time when it wasn't marketable in any country. Had this not been the case I wonder just how many more memorable films this guy could've made. The fact that Mr. Sefer never got to see just what a phenomenon his film turned out to be -The Rocky Horror-like screenings and such, is saddening to say the least.

But on the positive he left us with an inspiring 'Hebrew Road Pic' to watch, over and over now thanks largely to Grindhouse Releasing.

At it's core this film is about the exploits of an American Vietnam Vet as he pursues a life of true freedom. Having been disillusioned by war he travels to Israel, another country not a stranger to conflict, to find all the freedom, weed and free love he can handle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' throwback fun November 8, 2013
Don't let the title of this movie fool you; it's not just a peace-preaching hippie flick. It's actually much more than what you would probably give it credit for at first glance. In fact, the last thirty minutes turn the film into a decent sort of horror flick (I use `horror' loosely in this context). Although it is certainly dated, AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL is entertaining `throwback' fun.

Let me preface this review by stating up front that this film will not be for everyone. It's a low budget feature for sure, and the proof is onscreen. But if you take the film for what it is, you'll enjoy it.

AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL is not shot well and the acting is atrocious...but both of those aspects are part of the fun. The title itself tells you not to go into this film expecting great things and, well, you shouldn't. But there's something about this 40-year old grindhouse legend that draws the viewer in. I couldn't stop watching it, and that should tell you something.

The obvious anti-war messages are there in both subtle and blatant form. At one point, Mike (the main character) turns towards the camera and proceeds to call everyone offscreen `Fools' for pushing their buttons and starting wars. I chuckled at this, not for the message, but for how it is conveyed; it's just hard for anyone from my generation to take a guy like this seriously.

But when things start going downhill on the island, that's when I got really interested. I have to admit that the sharks looked horribly fake, but I can overlook that. I also don't think that people would regress back to their animalistic sides after a single day of no food or water, but I might be wrong. Still, these aspects only drew me into the film even more so.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence September 12, 2013
By Mac666
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This was a great film for anyone whos looking to see something way out of the cookie cutter. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it is packaged awesome like all other Grindhouse Releasing items I have bought in the past.
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